News Releases

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Tuscaloosa Area metropolitan planning (MPO)
2045 Long-Range transportation plan (LRTP)
public review and meeting

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting for the Draft Tuscaloosa Area 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be at the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, 601 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa. The meeting will include a formal review of the plan by the MPO staff and a question and answer session. Meeting attendees will also be allowed to complete comment forms or provide tape-recorded comments.

The draft plan outlines how federal highway and transit funds will be spent in Tuscaloosa County over the next 25 years. The document provides a review of the current transportation system, covering all modes of transportation, and includes improvement strategies, project lists, and maps.

The plan will be available for review at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC) and the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center from April 30, 2019 through June 14, 2019. The plan is also on the WARC website (https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents). The MPO will accept comments regarding the plan until June 14, 2019. Comments can be submitted by mail (LRTP, West Alabama Regional Commission, P.O. Box 509, Northport, AL 35476-0509), e-mail (david.norris@westal.org), or FAX (205-333-2713).

The MPO is scheduled to adopt the draft plan during the summer of 2019. Before adopting the plan, the MPO will review all comments and, if warranted, make changes to the plan. If major revisions are required, the public will be given another opportunity to inspect the plan.

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend the review or the meeting should contact the WARC no later than 48 hours prior to the event. For special assistance call the WARC at 333-2990, ext. 213.

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West alabama coordinated public transit plan 2019
July 2019 public meetings

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold the following public meetings for the Draft West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan 2019:

  1. Bibb County - July 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Brent City Hall, 22 1st Street, Brent, AL

  2. Fayette County - July 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Fayette County Commission Chamber, 103 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, AL

  3. Greene County - July 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - James C. Poole Library, 219 Prairie Avenue, Eutaw, AL

  4. Hale County - July 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Moundville Library, 279 Market Street, Moundville, AL

  5. Lamar County - July 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Lamar County Commission Chamber, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, AL

  6. Pickens County - July 25, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - Pickens County Commission Chamber, 20 Phoenix Avenue, Carrollton, AL

  7. Tuscaloosa County - July 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, 601 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL

The public meetings will include a formal review of the plan by the MPO and RPO staff as well as a question and answer session. Copies of the plan will be available at the meeting. Meeting attendees will also be given an opportunity to complete comment forms or to provide recorded comments.

The plan will be available at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, for public review from June 3 through August 1, 2019. The plan is also available on the internet at (https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents) and by mail (205-333-2990, extension 213). All comments must be received before August 1, 2019.

The plan provides a review of the current transit systems and includes improvement strategies, project lists, and maps. To be eligible to receive certain Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, transit agencies must participate in the plan development. The affected grants include Section 5310 - Elderly and Disabled Program, Section 5316 - Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, and Section 5317 - New Freedom Program.

The MPO is scheduled to adopt the draft plan at their August 26, 2019 meeting and the RPO is scheduled to adopt it at their August 9, 2019 meeting. Before adopting the plan, the MPO and RPO will review all comments from the public and make changes to the plan if warranted. If major revisions are required, the public will be given another opportunity to inspect the plan.

The meetings are open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting. For special assistance call the WARC at 333-2990.

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Tuscaloosa Area metropolitan planning (MPO)
Fiscal Years 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
public review and meeting

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting and public review for the draft FY 2020 - 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The meeting will be held on July 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. in the conference room at the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, 601 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL. The meeting will include a formal review of the TIP by the MPO staff and a question and answer session. Meeting attendees will also be given an opportunity to complete comment forms or provide tape-recorded suggestions.

The TIP is available for public review from June 25, 2019 through August 9, 2019 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The review will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC) located at 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama. Comment forms and a tape recorder will be available for anyone who would like to suggest changes to the TIP.

Anyone requiring special assistance for the meeting or review should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the event. For special assistance call the WARC at 205-333-2990, extension 213.

Copies of the draft TIP are available at the WARC, the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, and on the internet at (https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/). The MPO will accept comments on the TIP until August 9, 2019. All comments should be sent to TIP, West Alabama Regional Commission, P.O. Box 509, Northport, AL 35476, or david.norris@westal.org, or faxed to 205/333-2713.

The Transportation Improvement Program, also called the TIP, outlines federal highway and transit spending in the area over four fiscal years. The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) prepares the TIP. The City of Tuscaloosa, the City of Northport, Tuscaloosa County, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the Tuscaloosa County Parking and Transit Authority, and the Federal Highway Administration are represented on the MPO. The projects on the TIP have to be financially balanced against realistic funding estimates. The projects are also prioritized by fiscal year.

The MPO is scheduled to adopt the draft TIP at their August 26, 2019 meeting. Prior to adopting the TIP, the MPO will consider all comments from the public and make changes to the TIP if warranted.

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West alabama rural planning organization (RPO)
JUly-August 2019 MEETINGS

The West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold the following meetings:

1. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)

  • A. Bibb County - July 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Brent City Hall, 22 1st Street, Brent, AL

  • B. Fayette County - July 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Fayette County Commission Chamber, 103 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, AL

  • C. Greene County - July 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - James C. Poole Library, 219 Prairie Avenue, Eutaw, AL

  • D. Hale County - July 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Moundville Library, 279 Market Street, Moundville, AL

  • E. Lamar County - July 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Lamar County Commission Chamber, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, AL

  • F. Pickens County - July 25, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - Pickens County Commission, 20 Phoenix Ave, Carrollton, AL

2. Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. - West Alabama Regional Commission, 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, AL

3. RPO Policy Committee, Friday, August 9, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. - West Alabama Regional Commission, 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, AL

A public involvement meeting for the West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan 2019 will be held at the beginning of each CTAC meeting. The RPO staff will be available to review the plan and answer questions.

The committees will discuss the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan 2019, and Fiscal Year 2020 RPO Work Program at the meetings. The meeting packets are posted on the WARC website (https://www.warc.info/rpo-meetings/), and the draft documents are available at (https://www.warc.info/rpo-documents). In addition, the Alabama Division of the Federal Highway Administration will provide an update on federal transportation programs at the Policy Committee meeting.

The RPO serves as a transportation planning process for the rural areas of west Alabama and provides a formal link between the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the local governments. The counties served by the RPO include Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, and Pickens. The RPO provides government officials and citizens in these counties an opportunity to advise the ALDOT on road, bridge, and transit projects.

All of the meetings are open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For special assistance call the WARC at (205) 333-2990.